Description: Lighting winger Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist on Friday against the Jets.
Insight: It was Palat's second multi-point game of the season, but first with a goal and an assist. Palat was originally given credit for two goals, but his shot on the power play was tipped into the net by Vladislav Namestnikov. He finished plus-one.
Description: Jets center Bryan Little scored his fourth goal of the season on Friday against the Lightning.
Insight: Little scored on the power play at the 5:33 mark of the second period. The goal made the game, 2-1, but Tampa Bay scored twice before the end of the second period to take a three-goal lead. Little has five points this season.
Description: Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin had his first goal of the season in the Lightning victory over the Jets, 4-2..
Insight: Drouin first had an assist on Steven Stamkos' goal in the first period, and then scored his first goal at the start of the second as Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead. The Jets scored the next goal before the Lightning added two more goals to make it 4-1 at the end of the second. With Drouin playing with Stamkos, he has tremendous upside.
Description: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 25 stops on 27 shots against the Devils on Friday.
Insight: Lehtonen and the Stars won in a shootout. Lehtonen allowed the Devils to tie the game with about eight minutes left in the third, but he stopped both shots he face in the shootout. He is 4-0-2 with a 2.83 GAA.
Description: Sharks forward Joe Pavelski is moving to the third line according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Pavelski will play with Tommy Wingels and Chris Tierney on Saturday. Pavelski has four goals and four assists in eight games to start the year, but coach Todd McLellan wants to improve the team's defense.
Description: Ducks goalie John Gibson will start on Friday against the Blue Jackets according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Gibson started opening night and allowed six goals to the Penguins. Frederik Andersen took over in net and has won his last six starts. During that time, Gibson asked to be sent to the minors to get a few starts to stay fresh, so we do not expect him to at all be rusty on Friday.
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks according to nhl.com.
Insight: Chara tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday night versus the Islanders. Even at age 37, he is a huge part of the Bruins and his fantasy teams' defense. Chara will be greatly missed.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been activated from the IR and is ready to play Friday against the Canucks according to the Denver Post.
Insight: Colorado is off to a really slow start and Varlamov's performance is part of that. He is 0-2-1 with a .910 save percentage and a 3.80 GAA. His numbers can do nothing but go up, though, there are doubts are to whether he can repeat his stellar numbers from last season.
Description: Canucks winger Chris Higgins had a goal and an assist in Thursday's game against the Blues.
Insight: Higgins scored the first goal of the game 41 seconds into the first period. St. Louis tied the game in the second period, then Higgins assisted the go-ahead goal from Nick Bonino at the beginning of the third period. It proved to be the game-winner as Vancouver won, 4-1.
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored two goals and had an assist in the comeback victory over the Penguins on Thursday.
Insight: Kronwall scored with five minutes left in the first period to cut the Pittsburgh lead to one. The Penguins led, 3-1, until Henrik Zetterberg scored a nice goal in the slot to make it 3-2. With the net empty, Pavel Datsyuk dangled the puck in front of the Penguins net and passed it back to the blue line. Kronwall scored on a slap shot. Detroit won, 4-3, in overtime.
Description: Penguins backup goalie Thomas Greiss looked poised to pickup his first victory of the season until the Red Wings scored two goals in the final three minutes of the third period.
Insight: Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall scored the late third-period goals to tie the game at 3-3. Pittsburgh had a chance to put the game "on ice" with an empty net goal, but they were unable to convert. Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winner with 46 seconds left in overtime. Greiss stopped 31-of-35 shots.
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the season on Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Lucic has had a rough start to the season, but he finally got rid of the goose egg in the goal column. The goal, however, did not help the Bruins win as Boston dropped its fifth game of the young season.
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara left Thursday's game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Chara left with 8:13 remaining in the first period, which was right after the captain nailed John Tavares. There was nothing noticably wrong on the replay. Chara has two goals, one assist and a minus-two rating after nine games.
Description: Jets left wing Evander Kane is progressing ahead of schedule with his knee injury according to coach Paul Maurice.
Insight: An exact timetable has not been determined, but Maurice is certainly encouraged by his youg left winger's progress. Kane will likely return at some point in November, which we realize is a wide return widow being as November is a week away.
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller will face one of his old teams on Thursday.
Insight: Miller played about half a season with St. Louis last season and posted average numbers. The Blues did not try to bring him back to this year's team. Miller will attempt to bounce back against the Blues on Thursday after he allowed five goals on 13 shots against the Stars on Tuesday.
Description: Coyotes center Martin Hanzal didn't travel with the team to Minnesota due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Hanzal (15 G, 25 A last season) hasn't played more than 65 games in any of the past four season, so an injury this early in the season is disappointing, but not unexpected. He has a goal and two assists in four games this season.
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Insight: Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. he totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic not play Thursday due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Hamonic has just one goal and zero assists through the first six games and isn't a fantasy-worthy defenseman. The 38-year-old Lubomir Visnovsky, just back from injury himself, will take Hamonic's spot on the blue line.
Description: Flyers center Sean Couturier scored three points against the Penguins on Wednesday.
Insight: Couturier assisted Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's goal in the first period and Matt Read's goal in the third period. Couturier then sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with less than 30 seconds left. The center was also plus-three.
Description: Flyers goalie Ray Emery stopped 22 of 25 shots in a victory on Wednesday against the Penguins.
Insight: Emery wasn't particularly good, but the Flyers controlled the puck for much of the game. Emery helped the Flyers penalty kill keep the top power-play unit of Pittsburgh scoreless on two tries. Steve Mason is still the starting goalie, but Emery might receive some more playing time moving forward. Keep an eye on this situation.
Description: Flyers right wing Matt Read scored a goal in Wednesday night's game against the Penguins.
Insight: Read scored at the 8:50 mark of the third period to put the Flyers up, 4-2. Pittsburgh scored to cut the lead to one before Philadelphia added an empty-net goal. So Read's goal ended up being the game-winner.
Description: Flyers defenseman Mark Streit scored the first of five Philadelphia goals on Wednesday night against the Penguins.
Insight: Streit scored on a slapshot to tie the game at one. Streit also made a nice defensive play that possibly prevented a goal. Philadelphia scored three third period goals to win, 5-3. Streit was plus-two.
Description: The Flyers will start Ray Emery on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Insight: This isn't that surprising since Steven Mason played on Tuesday. Emery has a 2.73 GAA and .907 save percentage in two games this season. With Mason's slow start, perhaps Emery receives more playing time if he plays well on Wednesday.
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle signed a five-year, $16 million extension with the team on Wednesday according to the startribune.com.
Insight: Coyle is in his last season of his entry-level contract. The new deal will come with a $3.2 million annual cap hit starting next season. Many experts have said this is a great move for Minnesota, but it likely has no effect on fantasy owners.
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla is still looking for his first goal of the season.
Insight: He assisted on Alex Tanguay's third goal of the season, but has been unable to light the lamp as a member of Colorado. Iginla has four assists now, and owners should not panic yet, as he is bound to start putting the puck in the back of the net soon.
Description: Lighting winger Ondrej Palat scored the overtime winner Tuesday versus Calgary.
Insight: It was his second goal of the season, and he now has four points overall. Palat is fine fantasy option, as he should push for 60 points. Valtteri Filppula scored Tampa Bay's other goal, his first this season.
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin continued to stay hot on Tuesday night.
Insight: Fresh off earning the first star of the week honors, Seguin notched his fifth goal of the season, along with having six shots on goal. He now has 10 points on the season, and is showing what a dynamic player he really is.
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller was pulled in the second period, in Tuesday's loss to Dallas.
Insight: He let up five goals on only 13 shots, before getting the hook. It was Miller's first loss of the season, but owners should expect this just to be a minor hiccup. Eddie lack took over, and he was able to stop 14-of-15 shots on goal.
Description: Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle had a big game on Tuesday night.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with a +1 rating and nine shots on goal. It was Yandle's first goal of the season, and he now has six points overall. He will continue to be a solid fantasy option.
Description: Winnipeg left wing Andrew Ladd scored a goal and had six shots on goal, on Tuesday night.
Insight: It was a nice night for Ladd, who scored his first goal of the season. He is not a great fantasy option, as he plays on a poor team, but Ladd will have solid nights like this one, throughout the season. Dustin Byfuglien and Adam Lowry scored the Jets' other two goals on the night.
Description: Sharks center Logan Couture had a big game in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Insight: He scored two goals, and also had a superb eight shots on goal. However since the Sharks gave up five goals, Couture was -2 on the night. Joe Thornton added San Jose's third goal on the night, his second of the season.
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic busted out of his early-season slump in Tueaday's win.
Insight: He has yet to score a goal, but Lucic did have three assists, along with a +1 rating. He now has five points on the season, and owners should expect him to start lighting the lamp extremely soon.
Description: Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal of the season.
Insight: Jagr also had an assist, along with a -1 rating and two shots on goal. He now has four points on the season, and as long as he can stay healthy, Jagr will have an impact on the fantasy season.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored another goal in Tuesday's overtime win against New Jersey.
Insight: It is already his eighth goal of the season. Nash seems unstoppable right now, which is music to owners ears. Kevin Klein notched the OT winner for the Rangers, to take down their division rival.
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was pulled in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.
Insight: He let up five goals on 23 shots, before being yanked in the third period. It was Halak's second loss of the season, but he remains entrenched as New York's top goaltender. Chad Johnson replaced Halak and stopped all five shots he faced.
Description: Dallas center Jason Spezza will play on the Stars top line Tuesday.
Insight: Playing alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin can only help his fantasy value. Spezza may not be a 90-point scorer like he was in Ottawa for so many seasons, but he's got seven points in his first five games.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night.
Insight: We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season, but here we are five games into the season and Datsyuk is set to make his season debut. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a broken hand, according to Bob McKenzie. He was injured blocking a shot in the game against Vancouver on Saturday.
Insight: Hedman normally is paired with Anton Stralman, but Matthew Carle will likely take that spot. His points production (seven in five games, including five on the power play) will be missed by fantasy owners.
Description: Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau said the healthy scratch on Friday was "good" for him according to the Calgary Sun.
Insight: Gaudreau was pointless in the first five games of the season, so coach Bob Hartley scratched him for Friday's game. Gaudreau said he talked to Hartley and understands its a learning experience that will benefit him in the long run. His teammates have been fully supporting the rookie in the locker room. The Calgary Sun reported Gaudreau looked great in practice on Saturday and should be back in the lineup soon, maybe as early as Sunday.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist on Saturday against the Canucks.
Insight: Stamkos set the tone with a goal in the first minute of the game. Vancouver answered, but Stamkos responded right back with his second goal about a minute after the Canucks tied the game at one. Stamkos is second in the league with five goals.
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a hat trick on Saturday against the Coyotes as St. Louis routed Arizona, 6-1.
Insight: Schwartz scored a power-play goal about halfway through the second period, an even-strength goal in the first minute of the third period and then another power-play goal with seconds remaining. Schwartz had four points in the game and now has seven on the season.
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning overtime goal shorthanded on Saturday against the Predators.
Insight: Chicago jumped out to an early 1-0 lead about two minutes into the game, but the Blackhawks did not score again until overtime. Toews was plus-one with three shots and one hit in over 22 minutes of ice time.
Description: Stars center Tyler Seguin had four assists on Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Seguin has eight points in his last three games, four goals and four assists. His rating is also a plus-six. Hopefully no Bruins fans are watching this guy play because he has been spectacular.
Description: Flyers center Claude Giroux scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Philadelphia completed a two-goal comeback on Saturday against the Stars.
Insight: The goal was Giroux's second of the season to give the Flyers its first victory. Philadelphia was aggressive, crashing the net in overtime, and drew a penalty. Giroux's goal came on the power play. Giroux also had an assist and finished plus-one.